I have been watching this medical drama which has been airing in Japan since 6 July 2008 and would end on 14 September 2008 as it has another one of my favourite actors Yutaka Takenouchi who is acting as a doctor in the drama. He is so cute and i like him since secondary school when i first watched his drama "Heavens Coin". That was like so so long ago haha.... Another reason is because i always enjoys watching medical drama for its exciting and touching plots. Takenouchi's last drama, "Kazoku" was in 2006 and i have been looking forward to his new drama which was filmed in the Chiba Prefecture.
This new drama has apparently been in planning for the past four years. During that span of time, producers visited hospitals across the country gathering doctors' opinions about the problems faced by the hospital system and its patients. The issues facing local medical care form the basis of this drama. Takenouchi stars as Kohei Moriyama, who used to be a surgeon and quitted his job 8 years ago due to a mistake which caused the death of his patient.
Since becoming a municipal public official in a small town, he has become cheerful and optimistic. He is loved by local residents. However, his emotional wound from the past is not yet healed. He does not trust anyone but himself when it comes to important matters. One day, he meets a dedicated nurse, Aiko Tanaka (Miho Kanno), who has dedicated herself to saving the lives of others. What a cruel twist of fate as the patient who had died of his mistake was actually Tanaka's mother!
Tanaka inspires him to return to his medical profession in order to save a struggling community hospital who is facing bankruptcy (in the red for 30 Billion Yen) due to mismanagement and insufficient doctors. This is when he realizes... "Losing is not the end. Giving up is what ends everything."
Ogawa Tamaki stars as Endo Saya, a doctor sent by the government to revamp the hospital and to make it profitable. She appears cold-hearted in the first few episodes i have watched and wanted to privatise the hospital to make it profitable and closed down the non-profitable departments. There was one scene when an old man suffering from kidney failure needed a transplant as dialysis no longer works for him. Endo Sensei insisted that he must be transfered out of the hospital since he is no longer a profitable patient without dialysis charges. Moriyama Sensei and Tanaka are always going against her decision in the drama as they wish to fight for the benefits of the helpless patients. However Endo Sensei appears to be quite a kind-hearted person in some scenes and i'm curious to find out why she trys to appear cold-hearted in front of others.
Miho Kanno is another one of my favourite Japanese actress and it has also been awhile since i last watched her drama, "Itoshi Kimi e" starring Fujiki Naohito in 2004. That was also one of my favourite drama and it was a touching and lovely love story.